ACF Next Step is more than just a building campaign…

A GROWING CHURCH. ACF has seen its attendance increase 30% since early 2016.

GROWING IN GENEROSITY. One of the ACF core values is to “lead the way in generosity”.

GROWING OUR SPACE. The ACF Lead Team believes God is calling us to take a next step by expanding our worship facilities to make room for others at ACF.

GROWING THE MISSION. Next Step enables us long-term to carry out the mission of amplifying the grace of Jesus Christ to the churched, unchurched, and de-churched.

We wrapped up the initial leg of Next Step in May 2017, celebrating the fact that 220 families have participated in Next since November! We have heard some awesome stories of God working through His people in this process. Plus, the funds received allowed us to move forward with an architect to develop conceptual plans (view by clicking here) and more importantly proceed toward our first Step in the Next Step construction.

Our first step in the Next Step buildout occurs over the next 18 months into late 2018 and will address parking and addition of a North lobby. This addition will function as entry point for kid’s area and house upgraded infrastructure for mechanical, electrical, etc. necessary for future expansion and sustainability.

The 2nd step to fulfill the master plan is tentatively planned for 2019 and will focus on renovation and sanctuary expansion. Funding for this phase will require our church to continue growing in generosity.

What can you do?
Pray: This is not just about money and a building but about people, “those yet to come”

Tithe: We are asking everyone to consider tithing as their first step as Next Step is over and above our general operating budget.

Participate: Consider making a pledge or initial gift to Next Step

Additional Gifts: To move into the 2nd Step of construction, our generosity will need to continue growing.

With over 400 families attending ACF, we know there is still significant potential for others to join Next Step. Our contribution goal of $1,575,000 remains the same in order to supply the significant resources needed for upgrading and expansion.

Donations can be made through the following options:

What is the scope of the Next Step building campaign?

Over the last 5 months, the focus has narrowed to sanctuary expansion to add 50% more seating, expanding lobby area, and revamping the children’s area with attention to upgraded security and safety. Other objectives include site prep, parking, upgrading mechanical systems, etc. 

How many people are part of ACF Church?

We currently see nearly 1,100 people come through our doors weekly and saw nearly 1,900 at Christmas this year throughout 5 services. 

Will church use financing to fund building expansion?

Any financing will be realized through the Alliance Development Fund, the financing arm of Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination, and the holder of our current mortgage. ADF provides funding for church building projects through investments from Alliance family members and friends. 

What is the expected cost of total expansion and when do we expect to have final plans and accurate cost estimate?

An accurate estimate is one of the deliverables to be provided by the architect in May. To meet the current objectives outlined in the scope above generates a conceptual rough estimate of $3 million. Phased development with available funds and any financing are imperative to move towards the master plan of expansion. 

What do we expect to do this year?

Any steps this year require approvals through the municipality and those aren’t expected until Fall 2017. Therefore, construction will be minimal and likely limited to outside prep. Major construction won’t occur until summer of 2018. 

How will services continue with ongoing construction?

We are researching alternatives for temporarily locating services elsewhere. Such alternatives will require some additional funding during construction and will be included in the project cost. Renting space at nearby school is an example. 

How long will construction for total expansion last?

Conceptual plan incorporates phasing the construction to take advantage of available funds and limit disturbance of day-to-day operations. Phasing could extend the total construction plan into a multi-year timeline. 

Do we need to add extra services while doing construction?

Adding services requires more resources and is under consideration. The timing of said service(s) would also be in question. The potential is there but it doesn’t negate need to take a next step with our aging facility. 

How can donations be made?

Give via baskets during a service. Please note on check memo line or tithe envelope, “ACF Next Step “

Mail ACF Church, PO Box 774587, Eagle River AK 99577. Again, write “ACF Next Step” on check memo.

Give on-line

Give one-time gift

Give stocks or transfer money

Are we effectively utilizing our current facility?

We believe that every usable space is being utilized in our current facility for our gatherings and throughout the week. In fact, our Video Production team has been graciously serving out of a remodeled closet. Some of our most crowded spaces are in Illuminate Kids during services. 

I can only give a little. Can I still be involved?

Yes! We want every person who calls ACF their church home to be part of the ACF Next Step.

Can I give assets such as property, stock and bonds to fund my commitment? Where can I get my questions answered?

Yes. Please email office@acfak.org regarding any questions about your pledges.

Can I give to the ACF Next Step instead of Tithing?

For us to take a next step, means we will need to bring in these funds above and beyond our normal tithes and offerings. If you aren’t currently tithing, we would encourage you to make that your first step.

If you have any more questions, our ACF Lead Team would be glad to answer them. Please don’t hesitate to ask. You can submit your questions below.

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  Current Property Description

ACF Church owns approximately 5.5 acres spread over 9 adjoining lots that encompass 2 buildings (sanctuary and office building) and gravel parking areas. The church has owned the property since Jan 2012. The sanctuary building provides 15,000 square feet of space on 3 levels and is the only structure included in the construction scope. Current sanctuary seating is approximately 360 seats. Weekly attendance is currently near 1100 people.

Goals & Objectives

Primary Objectives/Goals
• Expand sanctuary to add 50% more seating, if feasible
• Expand & redesign lobby area
• Modernize/Revamp children area in basement

Supporting Objectives
• Site plan including master plan for property, parking/landscape/lighting requirements
• Upgrade mechanical systems (e.g. install fire sprinkler system)

Design Considerations
• Construction in phases to minimize disruption of services and distribute cost loading over longer period
• Meet Municipality requirements

Phase/Build (Preliminary)

Conceptual phase   January 2017 – May 2017
• Architect selection
• Conceptual design documents (site plan, floor plans, elevations, 3D renderings)
• Engineering summaries on existing mechanical, plumbing, electrical, structural components
• Master plan for property
• Time & cost estimate

Permitting phase   June 2017 – October 2017
• Project manager & builder selection
• Municipality permit application
o Approval expected Fall’17
• Possible site improvements such as parking and parking lights

Construction (Phase I)   May 2018 – Dec 2018
• Scope to be determined, possibilities:
o North lobby addition
o Upgrade mechanical, fire/safety systems
o Sanctuary/stage expansion & renovation
o Site prep

Construction (Phase II)   Jan 2019 – Dec 2019
• Scope to be determined, possibilities:
o South lobby addition
o Children area remodel
o Complete site build-out

October 5 & 9 | Message: ACF Next Step | Rev. Brian Cook

Sept 28 & Oct 2 | Message: Going Out | Rev. Brian Cook

September 14 & 18 | Message: Moving In | Rev. Brian Cook

September 7 & 11 | Message: Welcome Home | Rev. Brian Cook

Click on the link to download the following resources;

Open House Informational Brochure Handout

Site Plan Design Concept

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